Career/Technical Education: Graduation Requirements
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Career/Technical Education: Graduation Requirements

The states below have state-set graduation requirements related to one or more of the following:

Career/vocational courses are a required option for all students: Students must choose between CTE and another course option (usually foreign language or arts) to meet graduation requirements. This does not include states that allow students to complete elective units through career/technical courses. Twenty-eight states have career/vocational courses as a required option for all students.
Student may substitute an approved CTE course for a standard core course to meet high school graduation requirements: Twenty-one states indicate students may substitute an approved career and technical education course for a standard core course.
All students must complete a career concentration/major/sequence: Indicates that all students must complete a specified number of Carnegie units in a specific area of interest (either academic or technical). Five states require all students to complete a career concentration/major/sequence.
State-level career/technical diploma or endorsement is available: Twelve states offer students the opportunity to earn a career/technical diploma or endorsement.

Why does it matter?



Graduation requirements
Alabama
  • Student may substitute an approved CTE course for a standard core course to meet high school graduation requirements
  • State-level career/technical diploma or endorsement is available
Arizona
  • Students must choose between CTE and another course option to meet graduation requirements
  • Student may substitute an approved CTE course for a standard core course to meet high school graduation requirements
Arkansas
  • Students must choose between CTE and another course option to meet graduation requirements
  • All students must complete a career concentration/major/sequence
  • State-level career/technical diploma or endorsement is available
California
  • Student may substitute an approved CTE course for a standard core course to meet high school graduation requirements
Connecticut
  • Students must choose between CTE and another course option to meet graduation requirements
  • Student may substitute an approved CTE course for a standard core course to meet high school graduation requirements
Delaware
  • Students must choose between CTE and another course option to meet graduation requirements
  • All students must complete a career concentration/major/sequence
District of Columbia
  • Students must choose between CTE and another course option to meet graduation requirements
  • Notes/Citation: Through the Class of 2010, all students are required to complete one unit career/vocational education. Effective with the Class of 2011, students must complete either two units of career/technology education or college-level courses.
Florida
  • Students must choose between CTE and another course option to meet graduation requirements
  • All students must complete a career concentration/major/sequence
  • State-level career/technical diploma or endorsement is available
Georgia
  • Students must choose between CTE and another course option to meet graduation requirements
  • Student may substitute an approved CTE course for a standard core course to meet high school graduation requirements
  • State-level career/technical diploma or endorsement is available
Hawaii
  • Students must choose between CTE and another course option to meet graduation requirements
  • Notes/Citation: New Citation
Idaho
  • Students must choose between CTE and another course option to meet graduation requirements
  • Student may substitute an approved CTE course for a standard core course to meet high school graduation requirements
Illinois
  • Students must choose between CTE and another course option to meet graduation requirements
  • Student may substitute an approved CTE course for a standard core course to meet high school graduation requirements
Indiana
  • Students must choose between CTE and another course option to meet graduation requirements
  • All students must complete a career concentration/major/sequence
  • Student may substitute an approved CTE course for a standard core course to meet high school graduation requirements
  • State-level career/technical diploma or endorsement is available
Kentucky
  • Student may substitute an approved CTE course for a standard core course to meet high school graduation requirements
  • State-level career/technical diploma or endorsement is available
Louisiana
  • Student may substitute an approved CTE course for a standard core course to meet high school graduation requirements
  • State-level career/technical diploma or endorsement is available
Maryland
  • Students must choose between CTE and another course option to meet graduation requirements
Massachusetts
  • Students must choose between CTE and another course option to meet graduation requirements
  • State-level career/technical diploma or endorsement is available
Minnesota
  • Student may substitute an approved CTE course for a standard core course to meet high school graduation requirements
Missouri
  • Students must choose between CTE and another course option to meet graduation requirements
  • Notes/Citation: Effective with the Class of 2010, all students are required to complete one unit of "practical arts."
Montana
  • Students must choose between CTE and another course option to meet graduation requirements
  • Notes/Citation: One unit of vocational-technical education is required for graduation.
Nevada
  • Students must choose between CTE and another course option to meet graduation requirements
  • Notes/Citation: Students must complete 1 unit of either "arts and humanities" or "occupational education" and .5 unit "use of computers."
  • Student may substitute an approved CTE course for a standard core course to meet high school graduation requirements
  • State-level career/technical diploma or endorsement is available
New Hampshire
  • Student may substitute an approved CTE course for a standard core course to meet high school graduation requirements
New Jersey
  • Students must choose between CTE and another course option to meet graduation requirements
New Mexico
  • Students must choose between CTE and another course option to meet graduation requirements
North Carolina
  • Students must choose between CTE and another course option to meet graduation requirements
  • Student may substitute an approved CTE course for a standard core course to meet high school graduation requirements
  • State-level career/technical diploma or endorsement is available
Ohio
  • Students must choose between CTE and another course option to meet graduation requirements
  • Student may substitute an approved CTE course for a standard core course to meet high school graduation requirements
  • State-level career/technical diploma or endorsement is available
Oklahoma
  • Student may substitute an approved CTE course for a standard core course to meet high school graduation requirements
Oregon
  • Students must choose between CTE and another course option to meet graduation requirements
  • Student may substitute an approved CTE course for a standard core course to meet high school graduation requirements
South Carolina
  • Students must choose between CTE and another course option to meet graduation requirements
  • All students must complete a career concentration/major/sequence
  • Student may substitute an approved CTE course for a standard core course to meet high school graduation requirements
South Dakota
  • Students must choose between CTE and another course option to meet graduation requirements
  • Student may substitute an approved CTE course for a standard core course to meet high school graduation requirements
Tennessee
  • Students must choose between CTE and another course option to meet graduation requirements
Utah
  • Students must choose between CTE and another course option to meet graduation requirements
  • Notes/Citation: Beginning with 2010-2011 school year, one credit of career and technical education will be required from eight career clusters: Agriculture; business; family and consumer sciences; health science and technology; information technology; marketing; technology and engineering education; and, trade and technical education.
Virginia
  • Students must choose between CTE and another course option to meet graduation requirements
  • Student may substitute an approved CTE course for a standard core course to meet high school graduation requirements
  • State-level career/technical diploma or endorsement is available
Washington
  • Students must choose between CTE and another course option to meet graduation requirements
West Virginia
  • Students must choose between CTE and another course option to meet graduation requirements
  • Student may substitute an approved CTE course for a standard core course to meet high school graduation requirements
Wyoming
  • Students must choose between CTE and another course option to meet graduation requirements

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